STYLE GURU BIO: Sarah Richard

Hello, thanks for stopping by! My name is Sarah Richard and this is my third semester with CollegeFashionista as a Style Guru. If you are unfamiliar with my page, I am sure you will quickly catch on to my sustainable style mission. Over the past year, my style has grown into something that is consistent with my effort to live with a smaller footprint and I am excited to continue to bring you all along on my journey.

I surely did not always check the material tag before price and have a re-useable bag on the ready. Through both my formal education and informal conversations with like-minded Fashionistas, emerged a passion for exploring the effects of consumerism on the earth, the consumers themselves, and the creators behind our products.

Products for conscious consumers are becoming more and more readily available and it is surely something to celebrate. Not only are millennial entrepreneurs shaking things up with small start-up companies, huge name brands such as Patagonia are starting to make huge strides in ethical sourcing and material makeup. Even online magazines like MOCHNI and big blog names such as Sustainably Chic are joining in on the action, and serve as huge inspirations for my own personal style. They are challenging the status quo and digging deep into issues we don’t often associate with the world of fashion (while offering some fun alternatives in the meantime). I urge you to check them out!

Entirely stripping your closet of anything that isn’t decorated with a fair-trade label or doesn’t read organic cotton is certainly not necessary. Whether you are ready to become a minimalist by Monday or are looking to add a few more eco-friendly pieces to your wardrobe, I hope my posts can offer some inspiration in your transition to a “slow fashion” wardrobe.

In this look, I am wearing an organic cotton sweater dress from one of my favorite conscious companies, United By Blue. I often gravitate towards comfortable but diverse pieces like this to wear to any occasion. I very rarely wear jewelry, but if I am trying to add a little bit of detail, I will grab one of my dainty necklaces that go with just about anything. To finish off my look I threw together a messy braid and headed out the door.

Be sure to check back for more sustainable style advice. Let’s make 2017 the greenest year yet!